Hiking Haneul Park – The Most Photogenic Park in Seoul
Landfills turned into picturesque parks that have incredibly breathtaking views, Seoul’s park game is definitely strong and winning with this one. Situated at the highest plateau of Seoul World Cup Park is a former mountain of garbage, transformed into a Eulalia paradise also known as Haneul Park.
Haneul Park was Feb’s idea; Uninterested at first, I thought we already have too many parks in our itinerary. Boy I was wrong, there’s no such thing as too many parks in South Korea. Lol. Good thing the sister had decided to put her foot down (read: whined) Haneul Park happened and the lil sister scored. Big time.
Seoul World Cup Park is made up of five parks that includes; Haneul (Sky), Noeul (Sunset), Nanjicheon (Nanji Stream), Nanji Hangang (Nanji Han River) and Pyeonghwa (Peace) Parks. Haneul is by far the most popular park in this Parks Family. The 291 steps climb to the main park doesn’t feel like 291 at all. That is because it offers marvelous vistas of Seoul out-over Han River, exceptionally in autumn.
Haneul Park is a real testament that best view comes after the (not-so) hardest climb. During autumn the entire field is covered with tall Eulalia plants. They are dancing wild with the music of autumnal winds and gleaming with the sunlight as they welcome you in with their warm embrace. The place feels so blissful and romantic it will turn you into a wax-poetic.
We’ve never thought that getting lost in a sea of Eulalia can be a soothing and healing experience. From my childhood recollection, these are just grass my father used to cut from our backyard, they steal nutrients from the real plants that’s why they needs to be removed, he said. Who would’ve known that one day we would enjoy a walk in a field of Eulalia and it makes this great of a scenery. Who would’ve imagined that walks between the mazes of its dying leaves would trigger feelings that are too deep and mysterious to be put on words. (wax-poetic indeed. lol)
In Haneul Park, a photo-shoot is a must.
Directions: [Subway] World Cup Stadium Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 1.Turn right and go around the stadium. Follow the big road and turn left to cross the street at the 4-way intersection.